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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Aug 10 2010

Missing teaching

I’m missing teaching already. It’s been two days since I’ve gotten to the Big Apple, moved into my new dorm (dorm life, again?), and I still don’t feel at home here. I realize that a lot of this has to do with the anxiety of being in a new, foreign place – especially a place as hectic as New York City. Seeing my former colleagues’ status updates on Gmail about PD at the beginning of the year, reminds me of how much I miss it. Not the PD. The teaching.

In fact, I was reading this interesting article today about girls hitting puberty at a lower and lower age due to chemicals like BPA, and my first immediate reaction was: I should incorporate this into a lesson! It would have been perfect with my unit on chemicals in the environment, and a good article to read along with the documentary called “Flow” that I used to make my classes watch, about pesticides and the water crisis. My eighteen year old kids would always ask me, “Why can’t we just drink ocean water?”

I guess I should be glad that the next four years will be devoted to my own development, but I also miss the interactions I had with my coworkers and students. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things I don’t miss at all, but I do miss the familiarity of biking down 14th street to my school each morning.

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